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One week left to register for the Full of Life Fair

There’s one week left to register for this year’s Full of Life Fair, the annual event for residents over 55. The Fair takes place on Friday 26 October, from 10am to 4pm at Twickenham RFU Stadium.

The Fair aims to promote healthy and independent living, tackle isolation and loneliness, and enhance digital skills. There will be over 70 stalls, a free cafe for visitors and various music and dance performances. 

Registration is essential if you are attending between 10am and 12.30pm.

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Volunteer coordinator for new Richmond Freegle group

Freegle is a UK organisation that aim to increase reuse and reduce landfill by offering a free internet-based service where people can give away and ask for things that would otherwise be thrown away.

A dedicated Richmond Freegle group will soon launch and we are looking for a coordinator. As a Freegle volunteer you will act as moderator for the group, publicise the group through social media and keep in touch with other Freegle volunteers.

If you are interested, please complete the online application form.

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Barnes Music Festival 2019

The programme has now been released for the 2019 Barnes Music Festival with the theme Music & Invention, inspired by the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci.

The festival includes music and musicians of the highest calibre for fresh interpretations, and also explores new ways for performers and audiences alike to experience the music, with over 800 musicians taking part. 

The festival will run from 9 to 24 March 2019.

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Half Term at Orleans House Gallery!

Keep the kids creative this half term and join us for a week of artistic workshops. Looking at the Art of Play, explore several techniques including printmaking, drawing, 3D sculpture and more while making fantastic creations!

Full and half day sessions are available for children agead four to ten.

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Have your say on a possible new Thames bridge

We are investigating the possibility of a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Thames. In the 2017 Local Plan there was reference to the improvement of transport links and consideration of a possible bridge.

If local people think the idea is worth us looking into we will move forward into researching funding and feasibility.

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Council parks vandalised

Vandals have damaged furniture and torched trees and plants at local parks. The area is a nature reserve and nearby residents reported that the unknown vandals snapped off the ears of the wooden, ornamental fox and then set fire to the area.

The parks, Crane Park, Heathfield Recreation Ground and Hounslow Heath Open Space are still open but the damaged equipment has been fenced off for repairs. If you have any information about the incident please speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

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Mums for Lungs East Sheen Open Seminar

Find out the facts about air pollution in East Sheen and the surrounding areas at the Mums for Lungs Open Seminar event in East Sheen, on Wednesday 17 October from 8 to 10.30pm.

Join a relaxed, sociable evening of air pollution awareness including brief talks and a question and answer session to learn about how you can reduce exposure. All are welcome to the event.

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Richmond upon Thames College celebrating Colleges Week

Colleges Week runs from Monday 15 October and is part of the Love Our Colleges campaign, which sees colleges across the country hosting events to showcase all of their brilliant work.

As a lead up to Colleges Week, Richmond upon Thames College will host an Open Event on Saturday 13 October from 10am to 2pm and again on Wednesday 17 October, 5 to 8pm. Prospective students will have the chance to get to know their teachers, meet other students and get a feeling for the college’s environment.

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Richmond and Wandsworth councils champion healthier workforce

Richmond and Wandsworth councils have been awarded the highest level accreditation for providing a healthy workplace by the Greater London Authority.

The Healthy Workplace Charter, backed by the Mayor of London, provides clear and easy steps for employers to make their workplaces healthier and happier. There are three levels of the Charter, which specifically aims to address crucial issues such as recruitment and staff retention, sickness absence and employee productivity.

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Enforcement of Dog Control Order now live

The enforcement for our dog control Public Space Protection Order is now live. We will monitor the implementation of the order and in January will conduct an internal review of the number of licences and the impact that their introduction has made.

We will publish the outcome of the review via our website, once the review is complete.

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Flat dwellers to recycle their food waste for starters

Residents of more than five hundred flats across the borough are to take part in a food waste recycling trial starting later this month.

Flats in Kew, Twickenham and St Margarets are taking part in the initial trial and will receive information leaflets, caddies, liners and communal bins from West London Waste Authority prior to the first collections beginning on Saturday 20 October.

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Barnes Tidy Towpath Group celebrate first anniversary

Barnes Tidy Towpath Group (BTTG) are celebrating their first anniversary. In 31 clean-ups with 564 volunteer hours, 396 bags of rubbish were collected from the three mile stretch of towpath and foreshore.

BTTG are a community group who are passionate about the environment. To help create a litter free environment, join the weekly group litter picking sessions along the Barnes towpath and foreshore.

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New Comment Spot posted

Read this week's new Comment Spot post to find out what Cabinet Members have been up to and what they have planned.

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The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in Barnes

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of author C.S. Lewis, Barnes-based theatre company Shadow Road are staging a special production of his enchanting children's classic at St Mary's Barnes.

Performances will be at 7.45pm from Monday 29 October to Saturday 3 November. Tickets can be purchased online or at St Mary's Church office.

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Temporary changes to London Overground service

On Sunday 14 October there will be no London Overground service between Richmond and South Acton.

Rail replacement buses will run every 7 to 8 minutes between Richmond and Acton Central.

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Feel good about getting fit this winter

Get fit this season with Feel Good Fitness, sign up for a membership today and pay nothing until the end of the year!

Our Feel Good Fitness membership programme gives you access to:

  • 6 sports centres
  • 4 pools, 5 gyms and over 200 fitness classes
  • Fully staffed state of the art gyms with qualified instruction
  • Specially tailored services for those new to exercise
  • Complimentary personalised programmes every 14 visits

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Information and tips for winter now available

Residents who are preparing for winter are encouraged to visit our winter health page for helpful tips, and links to services for staying warm and healthy.

The page provides information on a range of services including heating grants, flu jabs, dealing with winter weather (including gritting) and how to find your nearest NHS service.

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WW1 drama at the Mary Wallace Theatre

The Richmond Shakespeare Society will be performing their production of RC Sherriff's famous WW1 drama, Journey's End, as a contribution to the forthcoming commemoration of the 1918 Armistice.

Running from 27 October to 3 November, this engaging drama follows the final hours of a small group of soldiers in a difficult situation, in a dugout close to the Front Line of the Western Front.

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Social care team shortlisted for National Award

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards team (DoLS) for Richmond and Wandsworth councils have been shortlisted for the national Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018, recognising their work to uphold human rights laws, providing excellent service to the two borough’s most vulnerable residents.

The team ensures that there is a lawful framework to deprive a person of their liberty, in order to provide necessary care and treatment to vulnerable adults in care homes, nursing homes and hospitals.

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Vine Road Recreation Ground Open Day

The Friends of Barnes Common are planning an Open Day at the Vine Road Recreation Ground on Saturday 27 October. Presentations are planned throughout the day as well as various activities for children.

Visit the pop-up cafe and take the opportunity to view the refurbished pavillion and speak with Friends of Barnes Common trustees.

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018